Saturday, October 15, 2022

The art of deep connection — getting people to like you (and the other way around)

Clash of the Titans Science. Neutrino experiments

Thirsty work: Distilling among the fastest-growing jobs

Gin distilling is one of many industries blossoming, with the number of people employed in spirit manufacturing growing by 240 per cent.

The art of menus

Airbnb Host Awards 2022: Former veteran ABC journalist Quentin Dempster's Tasmanian property wins Australia's 'best unique Airbnb'

The Winged House has evolved to become one of Tasmania’s best known places to stay.

Quentin Dempster's property empire extends to Apple Isle 

Joe Aston

We've previously marvelled at the canny property investing of our newest Fairfax recruit Quentin Dempster – formerly of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. But really, we had no idea just how astute he is with the dollars and cents.

In addition to his 1870's "grand Italianate terrace" on Sydney Harbour – acquired on a 99-year lease from the NSW government for $1.5 million (plus $175,000 conservation management bond) – the former current affairs host also owns a getaway abode, designed by architect Richard Goodwin, perched on the cliffs of Tasmania's north-west coast. Called The Winged House, you can rent it on Airbnb for a princely $519 a night. The shack looks incredible – but there are no solar panels on the "committed" conservationist's roof. And we're not sure about the sofas…

Lord knows why the Sydney Morning Heraldhas him covering state politics – I'd have him writing a personal finance column.

In addition to his 1870's "grand Italianate terrace" on Sydney Harbour, Quentin Dempster owns a getaway abode on Tasmania's north-west coast. Rod Clement

I feel for Dempster having to work in such close proximity to yours truly, and I've clearly upset the bloke. I don't want to be accused again of "inciting hatred" against him, so here's my gesture of goodwill:

I want us all to cheer him up and help him make ends meet. Let's all book a trip to his Tassie bungalow. It's only 10 minutes' drive from the serene smokestacks of the Burnie paper mill and its most erudite native, Jacqui Lambie. The influx of AFR readers could be the biggest boon for the region since Dean Capobianco won the Burnie Gift.

Also, we stated incorrectly on Tuesday that the Walkley Foundation's registered place of business was at Dempster's Miller's Point address. The Foundation is registered at its office in Redfern, and Dempster is listed as a director based at Miller's Point. Our bad. 

Good riddance to long books. Novels have generally been shrinking since the 18th century. The Booker Prize embraces the brevity Dance 💃 of  good riddance »

Mars is littered with 15,694 pounds of human trash from 50 years of robotic exploration.

The Expected Financial Crash Is Finally Here Moon of Alabama 

Credit Suisse and the hunt for the weakest link in global finance The Economist vs. No, Credit Suisse Isn’t on the Brink Bloomberg

Andrew Smithers: Lookout! Bad Models Equal Bad Outcomes McAlvany Weekly Commentary

Why ethereum’s big ‘merge’ is causing big headaches Agence France-Press

Landlords of the Internet: Big Data and Big Real Estate (preprint) Daniel Greene (paywalled at Social Studies of Science). Well worth a read:

If the internet is a ‘network of networks’ then those networks must have physical points of interconnection. These points must be housed, guarded, and maintained, lest traffic be disrupted and the global economy stall. Essentially, someone—Markley, Equinix, 60 Hudson Street Owner LLC—is collecting rent for operating highly specialized buildings, with state-of-the art climate, security, and power systems, in which tenants make their networks available for interconnection, create private connections with strategic partners, and store digital assets. The speed of streaming and the ease of the cloud only exists because of these place-based economic relations. I call firms like Equinix and Digital Realty internet landlords. At the core of the new economy is one of the oldest: real estate.


The New Yorker – The Thorny Problem of Keeping the Internet’s Time: “…Today, we take global time synchronization for granted. It is critical to the Internet, and therefore to civilization. Vital systems—power grids, financial markets, telecommunications networks—rely on it to keep records and sort cause from effect. 
N.T.P. works in partnership with satellite systems, such as the Global Positioning System (G.P.S.), and other technologies to synchronize time on our many online devices. The time kept by precise and closely aligned atomic clocks, for instance, can be broadcast via G.P.S. to numerous receivers, including those in cell towers; those receivers can be attached to N.T.P. servers that then distribute the time across devices linked together by the Internet, almost all of which run N.T.P. (Atomic clocks can also directly feed the time to N.T.P. servers.) The protocol operates on billions of devices, coördinating the time on every continent. Society has never been more synchronized.

An obscure software system synchronizes the network’s clocks. Who will keep it running? The New Yorker

Against algebra

Annie Ernaux, Nobelist

Amazon and literature

Lucky Kushner

Early McCarthy interviews

Tolkien and environmentalism

Dinner with Julia Child

Art of menus

Eating books

Wanted: book stylist

Danger of politicizing science

Life of Berkeley

Big lie v. big joke

What happens to banned books

WaPo's blues

Joyce Carol Oates

Corrections of taste

Art and the queen


Jean-Luc Godard

Life of Art Buchwald

WaPo v. NYT

Paradox of public scholarship

Math effects

On purring

Inventing the alphabet

Why chili peppers?

Bayard Rustin

Radical Rachmaninoff?

Barbara Ehrenreich, R.I.P.

On personal-finance books

Black king of songs

Diva Dickens

Music to die for

Trademarked words?

Freudian tip

Joy of math

History of the blurb

Worst book by former Trump officials

Nazis on the Nile

What is a hit piece?

Tiring thinking

Jared Kushner's memoir

Unhappy emperors

Ephron's self-narrative

Feminists and sex

Best museum bathrooms

Capitalism vs. pleasure

On maximalist novels

Social good of bookstores